The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, Portland

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Forest Religious Site
Admire The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, a sanctuary spanning several floors with a rock cave carved into the base of a cliff. A life-sized replica of Michelangelo's Pièta sits as a centerpiece in the cave's shrine. Set amidst 25 ha (62 ac) of botanical gardens, the tranquility of the 34 m (110 ft) grotto serves as a place for reflection away from downtown Portland. Visit the large meditation hall that occupies the main chamber, and enjoy impressive views from the cliff top overlooking the Columbia River Valley. Wander through well-groomed parks home to several chapels and statues. You can also explore hundreds of trails through nearby forests. Put The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother into our Portland holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Portland.
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  • We always take the kids to see the Christmas lights each year. Parking is a bit of an issue, but you can normally find a place to park within a few blocks. They have volunteers helping everywhere and ...  more »
  • this grotto is a catholic sanctuary that holds normal services, open to the public, works and functions on primarily donation basis. very easy to spend 3-4 hours relaxing here, large trees and foliage...  more »
  • What a stunning, relaxing place to visit. Take a ride up the elevator to see the amazing view from inside the meditation building. Floor to ceiling windows and comfy couches draw you in to create peac...  more »